The French food group Danone announced this Thursday “guarantee” the jobs and wages of all its employees worldwide for three months in the face of the coronavirus epidemic, and the Swiss Nestlé has taken similar measures.
“All employment contracts at Danone, all salaries, worldwide, are guaranteed for the next three months,” announced Emmanuel Faber, CEO of the French group which employs more than 100,000 people worldwide, including 9,000 in France, during an interview on RTL radio.
“The wages and the jobs will be fully maintained over the next three months, because it will be three very difficult months for all of our societies, of our countries, and we must calm down as much as possible. do it, the employees who will assume the responsibility of meeting the needs of the population, ”said Emmanuel Faber. “There will be no breach of employment contract in the next three months because of the coronavirus,” he insisted.
Partial unemployment: “Danone will compensate”
In France, the CEO of Danone undertook, in the event of resorting to partial unemployment measures for a disruption in supply in a factory or the inability of people to move, to cover “the entire income up to the salary” : “It is Danone who will compensate and make sure that the employees do not lose anything”.
Emmanuel Faber also undertook to pay all employees in the field, “a global food emergency premium, which in France will take the form of the continuity of supply production for an amount of 1000 euros ”. This bonus will concern “all employees who are not teleworking,” said Emmanuel Faber.
Nestlé does the same
The Swiss food giant Nestlé, owner of Nespresso coffee pods and Maggi broths, among others, also assured this Thursday that it will guarantee jobs and wages for its employees across the globe.
All employees affected by temporary production stoppages, whether in hourly or monthly wages, “will be paid in full for a minimum of twelve weeks,” Nestlé said in a statement. The measure will be subject to local labor law, he said.
The group also claims to offer “when necessary” free meals and transport to its employees to reduce the risk that they will fall ill, and put in place “generous” provisions for health coverage of employees who contract the virus. Nestlé has not provided any indication of the impact of the pandemic on its business.
For its part, Danone also unveiled this Thursday a plan to help 15,000 companies that “gravitate” around the group, service providers, independent distributors, but also farmers.
The group sets up “a support system […] 250 million euros to allow them to spend the next three months in terms of cash, which we ourselves take out of our own funds, ”said Emmanuel Faber. He did not quantify the overall cost of the measures announced.